Manila, Marikina prepare cold storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccines

Robie de Guzman   •   January 14, 2021   •   687

MANILA, Philippine The local governments of Manila and Marikina have prepared their respective cold storage facilities for the vaccines against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On Wednesday, Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso personally inspected a room in Sta. Ana Hospital which is being set up as a cold chain management vaccine storage room.

Domagoso earlier announced that the city government will purchase initial 800,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.

Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro also said they have prepared a storage room in the city’s Health Department Office for the vaccines that are expected to be delivered in the coming months.

The Marikina government earlier said it has allocated P82.7 million for the purchase of the vaccines.

The Department of Health said that aside from local facilities, it is also tapping the private sector for the establishment of cold storage facilities in various parts of the country.

It is primarily considering opening cold chain hubs in Bicol, Cebu, and Zamboanga while the central hub will be in Metro Manila.

While negotiations for vaccine supply deals are ongoing, vaccine czar and National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said they are also working on the logistics, delivery, and distribution of the vaccines.

“Ang gagawin lang po natin is gagawa tayo ng magandang Gantt chart at saka yung synchronization matrix, i-synchronize lang po natin na kapag dumating kaagad ideploy natin po kaagad. Yun po ang gagawin namin kasi magaling naman po ang logistics ng armed forces, at saka yung logistics ng supply chain na pwede natin kunin kanilang services,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

IATF yet to approve COVID-19 booster, third shots for health workers, elderly – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The proposal to give COVID-19 vaccine booster and third shots to healthcare workers, the elderly, and persons with co-morbidities has yet to get an approval from the government’s task force on pandemic response, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement following reports that the Department of Health (DOH) has greenlit the administration of booster and additional vaccine shots to vaccination priority groups.

Roque said the recommendation is still up for discussion at the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) meeting this week.

“’Yan po ay rekomendasyon ng HTAC. That will be tackled po, I think in the next meeting of IATF his Thursday,” he said.

Based on HTAC’s recommendation, the booster shots should be given within the fourth quarter of the year to health workers, the elderly, and persons with health risks who receive the jabs at least six months after the primary series.

The HTAC also recommended that the boosters should be based on the vaccine brands received by the individuals in the primary series.

The HATC also pushed for the implementation of boosters for other eligible population in 2022 only if the A1 to A5 priority groups reach 50 percent in the primary series.

For the implementation of additional shots, particularly for immunocompromised individuals, the HTAC recommended that the dose will be given at least 18 days after they completed the initial COVID-19 vaccine series.

The third shot is recommended to be the same as those received in the primary series.

PH may give third COVID-19 vaccine shot, boosters to health workers, elderly– DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021


MANILA, Philippines –
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has green lighted the administration of booster and additional shots of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities.

The DOH said that the move was upon the recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) and was later approved by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The booster and third jab may be given within the year, and by 2022 for eligible priority groups, it added.

Based on the recommendation, the booster shots should be given within the fourth quarter of the year to health workers, the elderly, and persons with health risks who received the jabs at least six months after the primary series.

The HTAC also recommended that the boosters should be based on the vaccine brands received by the individuals in the primary series.

If they received Pfizer-BioNTech, then they should also be given the same as a booster shot.

For those who got AstraZeneca, they may be given the same or preferably Pfizer-made jab for their booster shot.

Those who completed the Moderna primary series should also be given Moderna or Pfizer dose, while those inoculated with Sinovac’s CoronaVac shot may get Prizer or CoronaVac booster shot.

The HATC also pushed for the implementation of boosters for other eligible population in 2022 only if the A1 to A5 priority groups reach 50 percent in the primary series.

For the implementation of additional shots, particularly for immunocompromised individuals, the HTAC recommended that the dose will be given at least 18 days after they completed the initial COVID-19 vaccine series.

The third shot is recommended to be the same as those received in the primary series.

Based on data from the DOH, the Philippines has so far administered a total of   55,506,176 vaccine doses — 29,891,810 of which were given as first dose while 25,614,366 individuals were fully vaccinated.

Brunei donates 2,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to PH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Around 2,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine donated by the Brunei government to the Philippines  arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Wednesday.

The said shipment will be allotted for the vaccination of the general public, according to National Task Force against COVID-19 special adviser Dr. Teodoro Herbosa,

Herbosa expressed his gratitude to the government of Brunei on behalf of the Philippines for the vaccine donation.

As of October 20, a total of 91,548,620 COVID-19 vaccine doses from various manufacturers have arrived in the Philippines. AAC

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